Can Cats Eat Chicken? The Dos and Don'ts

Cats are known for their love of fish, but can they also enjoy chicken? Find out if this common protein source is safe and healthy for your feline friend.
Can Cats Eat chicken?

Yes, cats can eat chicken. In fact, chicken is a common ingredient in many commercial cat food products. However, it is important to ensure that it is cooked properly before giving it to your feline friend.

Nutritional Benefits of Chicken for Cats

High-Quality Protein

Chicken is a high-quality protein source that contains essential amino acids necessary for cats' overall health.


Chicken contains taurine, an essential amino acid that supports heart health, vision, and reproduction in cats.

B Vitamins

Chicken is a good source of B vitamins, which support energy metabolism and help maintain a healthy nervous system.


Chicken also contains important minerals like iron, zinc, and copper, which play a crucial role in maintaining your cat's overall health.

Risks of Feeding Chicken to Cats

Raw Chicken

Feeding raw chicken to your cat can expose them to harmful bacteria like salmonella and campylobacter, which can cause illness in both cats and humans.

Chicken Bones

Chicken bones, especially when cooked, can splinter and pose a choking hazard or cause internal injuries to your cat.

Seasonings and Additives

Seasonings, spices, and additives can be harmful to cats, so it is important to serve plain, unseasoned chicken.


Some cats may have allergies or intolerances to chicken, so monitor your cat for any adverse reactions when introducing this type of protein into their diet.

How Much Chicken Should You Feed Your Cat?

Portion Sizes

Consider your cat's daily caloric intake and adjust the portion size of chicken accordingly.

Balance with Other Foods

Chicken should not be the only food source in your cat's diet, as they require a balanced diet with other nutrients found in commercial cat food or a well-balanced homemade diet.

Serving Suggestions for Chicken

Cooking Methods

Opt for boiling, baking, or grilling the chicken and avoid frying, as it can add unnecessary fats to your cat's diet.

Shredding or Chopping

Shred or chop the cooked chicken into small, bite-sized pieces to make it easier for your cat to eat.

Mixing with Other Foods

Consider mixing the cooked chicken with your cat's regular food to provide a balanced meal.

Alternatives to Chicken

If your cat has an allergy or intolerance to chicken, consider offering other protein sources like turkey, duck, or fish.

Consult Your Veterinarian

As with any dietary changes, it is always recommended to consult with your veterinarian before introducing new foods into your cat's diet. They can provide personalized advice based on your cat's specific needs and health conditions.

Medically Reviewed by Ivana Crnec, DVM

Ivana is a DVM with a specialty in domestic carnivores – dogs & cats. She is passionate about educating pet owners and raising awareness about pet health.

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